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What a busy week in the U.P. sports scene

April 29, 2011
By Dennis Grall - Sports Editor ( , Daily Press

ESCANABA - Beside missing the 40th annual Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet, a number of other things went on during a vacation trip to a Marine Corps reunion of my Vietnam brothers.

In no specific order of importance, they include:

Marquette High School basketball standout Daina Grazulis has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Grand Valley State University. She missed most of her senior season with a knee injury.

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Grazulis was also a standout volleyball player for the Redettes, but said "I'm not as passionate about volleyball. I never really considering volleyball (in college)."

The 6-foot-3 center averaged 10.6 points and 9.6 rebounds in 10 games this season. She expects to red-shirt next season after surgery to repair a torn ACL in her knee.

A former Escanaba High School girls basketball jayvee coach is now head girls golf coach at Menominee, once he recuperates from a basketball injury.

Luke Maulding, a Mid Peninsula High School graduate, sustained a torn Achilles tendon playing in the Gold Medal Classic basketball tournament recently in Hermansville. He replaces veteran Greg Jeske as girls coach.

Syd Wells, the noted Menominee golf standout, will guide the Maroons until Maulding returns.

Meanwhile, Big Bay de Noc graduate Scott Martin is the new boys golf coach at Menominee. He takes over for Pete Mayhew, who retired after more than 25 years at the helm.

Another Menominee veteran, Jim Hodge, is recovering from a double-lung transplant at University Hospital in Madison. He is a former Menominee superintendent and helps conduct the pole vault at Menominee track meets.

Jason Keefer of Gwinn has been named women's basketball coach at Finlandia University. He has been an assistant women's coach at Northwood University for the past seven years. He was also a men's assistant at Northwood from 1997-2001.

Former West Iron County High School boys basketball coach Kent Meyer is now a beer vendor at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Named the favorite vendor in a poll by fans of the Milwaukee Brewers last season, he will be honored with a bobblehead doll to be given out July 30. The first 15,000 fans get the free gift.

Katey Carey, a sophomore at Marquette High School, has received the Female Scholar Athlete Award for 2010-11 from Michigan Hockey. She played for the 16U Marquette Sentinels and also is on the school's volleyball and track teams.

Calumet High School sophomore Levi Erkkila was picked by Cedar Rapids Roughriders in the USHL's Futures Draft. He was the 17th pick overall, going to Iowa in the second round. He has made a verbal commitment to play at Northern Michigan University.

Another NMU recruit, Brett Heikkila of Marquette, was drafted by the Fargo Force.



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